Cats with fleas can be a problem for virtually any home with pets. If your cat has fleas, those fleas can easily spread to other animals in your home and may even end up biting you and the other people in the house as well. Additionally, they will be distracting and uncomfortable for your pet. Thus, there are many reasons to take precautions to ensure that you deal with fleas as soon as they come up, if not beforehand. While there are a number of chemical treatments for fleas, many people prefer to avoid these in favor of safer and more environmentally sound homeopathic remedies. Read on for some of these remedies.
1. Cleaning the Outdoors
Fleas will enter your home from outside. In many cases, they will attach themselves to a pet or to a person who is outdoors and will then come inside and populate a home. By keeping your outdoor areas free of fleas, you'll help to reduce the infestation inside as well. Sweep up all brush and debris in areas where your pets will spend time. You may even wish to vacuum up your deck or patio in order to help ensure that no fleas can live there. In addition to these measures, you may wish to keep your pet indoors more of the time.
2. Vacuum the House Regularly
The vacuum is a great remedy against fleas indoors as well. Vacuum up your carpets, rugs, and furniture regularly. This helps to ensure that the fleas and flea eggs that are there will be eliminated before they can cause any problems. By vacuuming every few days when you have flea problems, you can help to dramatically reduce the flea population and keep your pet's clear.
3. Bring in Spiders
Although many people are not fans of spiders, these bugs are great as a way for keeping out a variety of other pests. Spiders thrive on eating other bugs, including fleas. By introducing a few spiders into your home (and by ensuring that you don't eliminate them when you see them later on), you can introduce a predator to the flea population that will help to get rid of these nuisances.
4. White Vinegar
White vinegar naturally repels fleas. Mix a bit of white vinegar in with water and collect the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the surfaces of furniture that may have fleas on it.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Give your pet a hydrogen peroxide bath in order to help prevent fleas from being able to take hold on his body. When you do this, however, be sure that you don't get the hydrogen peroxide in his eyes, nose or mouth. A regular bath every few days will help to keep the flea population down and the fleas off of your pet's body.
For additional ideas about how to deal with fleas on your cat with homeopathic means, consult with your vet.